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what type of leader are you?

Looking back through the years, I realized that I am a transactional leader but I admire transformational leaders a lot and I am currently working on become a transformational leader some day. I am always more concerned about tasks, goals and how to get my team members to achieve success. This style of leadership is based on mutual dependence and benefit, the emphasis of this form of leadership is on clarification and achievement of goals and objectives. It is goal focused, it is more of a give and take relationship.

Transformational leadership style which I have been putting into practice because of my love for it, has to do with building an optimum motivation and commitment among followers. As the name implies it seeks to transform, to change the form, appearance, nature or character already in existence either in an organization, country, system, group of people etcetera. There is usually a vision to be accomplished and there is also a need for the leader to make the followers agree with him on the accomplishment of the vision either by appealing to their emotions, creating a feeling of justice, or by helping them build their loyalty and trust in him (Mullins 2010).

Currently Pursuing my Masters in Business Administration program in oil and gas Management, I have acquired quite a number of skills relevant to function as a leader like the motivation skills, presentation skills, good writing and verbal communication skills, research and innovative skills etcetera I have been made to realize that these skills are invaluable to leaders and as such is necessary for me if I want to be one.  Team working with my peers and the feedbacks gotten from my colleagues have proven that I have what it takes to be a leader, my feedbacks from them was that in term of effective communication, I communicate clearly and listen to others but not so much of a great listener, I amvery inspirational when it comes to tasks and I am good team player, trustworthy and fair but what I do not want to be dominant in me is the transactional style.

Who has inspired your understanding of effective leadership and why?

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My desire to be a transformational leader is as a result of my admiration and love for the man his country men refer to as ‘MADIBA’ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. He has led a life of deeds that are of great impact, he is a great example of transformational leadership, a moral giant, often referred to as a remarkable stateman, a political prisoner with the longest detainment. Nelson Mandela has  become a figure one must refer to when there is a need to talk about nonracialism and democracy (Boehmer 2008).

He was a president, known for peace keeping he won peace nobel prize award winner in 1993, He participated in the signing of the Geneva (Middle East) accords for peace. He is a human right activist, with reference to the way led the antiapartheid struggle in south Africa and how he succeeded in exchanging apartheid regime in south Africa with a multi-racial democracy (BBC 2013) he is charismatic, patient, humble and influential. I refer to him as a ‘servant leader’ though an oxymoron, as a leader he serves the people, he gives hope to the hopeless, he has ensured the end of wars, as served as a face of hope to many and I just want to also motivate, inspire, and reach out to people and to make them see a leader they can always count on in me.

Learning the difference between management and leadership has made me understand that management is confined within a structured organization while leadership goes beyond the wall of an organization (Mullins 2010). Through my studies I have learnt that although I must be a good manager, but acquiring the qualities and skills of a leader has more advantage especially for someone like me that has a role model in a transformational leader. Leadership is not part of the job but it is a quality that can be applied to a job (Belbin 1997). I have learned that to lead people and for me to be a transformational leader, I need to develop the ability to transform and motivate my followers by having an idealized influence, be able to inspirationally motivate my followers, intellectually stimulate them and consider them individually.

REFERENCES

Belbin, R. (1997) Changing the way we work. Butterworth: Heinemann

CIPD Publishing (2009) Leadership Qualities/Actions [online] available from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWglvWTsswE [27 May 2013]

History <http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/nelson_mandela> [18 June 2013]

Boehmer, E. (2008) Nelson Mandela: A Brief Insight. Canada: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc [Online] available from < www.books.google.co.uk/books/html> [18 June 2013]

Nelson Mandela Fast Facts <http://www.edition.cnn.com/2012/12/11/world/africa/nelson-mandela-fast-facts> [18 June 2013]

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